Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Mahatma Gandhi's Audio Recording, 1947

God bless the internet.

Courtesy of Washington Post, a rare recording of Gandhiji addressing a gathering of Asian leaders, recorded on April 2, 1947. (Via Metafilter). What makes this recording unique is its "date stamp" and the fact that the speech is delivered in English.

WaPo writer Shankar Vedantam provides a good historical background for this little audio gem. You can also watch a very interesting video discussion between him and Rajmohan Gandhi about this recording here. (In the video, Rajmohan Gandhi makes a reference to recordings of his grandfather's post-prayer meeting speeches and how they are lying undigitized in Indian government's archives. So much for Information and Broadcasting.)

The audio quality is slightly patchy at times, but not so much that you can't hear the great man's words. And there are some great words in there. Just listen.

6 comments:

Szerelem said...

Wow. That's a pretty awesome recording... and what a great speech...

km said...

szerelem: what I like most is how he talks in a plain and simple manner and yet manages to get his point across with great urgency.

??! said...

"The West ruined Christianity".

Can't imagine anybody being able to say that today, and get away with their reputation intact. What a character.

scout said...

did anyone else get goosebumps when sarojini naidu said "father of our nation"?

i'm such a sop.

:D

scout said...

sap. i meant sap.

km said...

??!: killer line, I agree.

scout: another big sap here. Imagine being credited as the father of a NATION!